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Nisqually Tribal Code

March 2003 Edition

TITLE 11 - DOMESTIC RELATIONS


Section 11.01 - Marriage

11.01.01 Marriage Ceremonies on the Reservation

(a) The following persons are authorized to conduct marriage ceremonies on the Nisqually Indian Reservation when one or both of the persons getting married are members of the Nisqually or other federally recognized Indian tribe:

(i) The Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Nisqually Tribal Business Committee;

(ii) A member of the clergy;

(iii) A judge of the Nisqually Tribal Court;

(iv) A judicial officer of the Nisqually Tribal Court who is specifically authorized by the Business Committee to conduct marriage ceremonies; and

(v) Traditional spiritual leaders specifically authorized by the Business Committee to conduct marriage ceremonies.

(b) The marriage ceremony may be conducted in any reasonable manner chosen by those persons getting married, provided they verbally agree to be husband and wife.

(c) Persons to be married on the Nisqually Reservation must first obtain, for a ten dollar ($10.00) fee, an application for a marriage license from the Clerk of the Nisqually Tribal Court.

(d) Upon receipt of a certificate of marriage signed by the official who performed the marriage ceremony, the Clerk of the Nisqually Tribal Court shall issue a marriage license to the applicants on a form approved and signed by the Chairman of the Business Committee.

Historical and Statutory Notes

This section amended in 1991. Originally created by Resolution 194-1988.


Section 11.02 - Dissolution of Marriage


11.02.01 Uncontested Petitions for Dissolution

(a) The Nisqually Tribal Court is authorized to accept and consider uncontested petitions for the dissolution of marriages when at least one party is a Nisqually Tribal Member.

(b) The Nisqually Tribal Court shall establish and follow procedures for reviewing and deciding uncontested petitions for the dissolution of marriages.

Historical and Statutory Notes

This section amended in 1991. Originally created by Resolution 38-1989.

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